Today I'd like to lead you through a little mindset practice. Imagine for a moment that you've been trying to make healthier choices in your life. Every morning you've been waking up before the crack of dawn to exercise, followed by a few minutes of meditation, a long shower, then some fresh fruit and high protein yogurt for breakfast. You want to get stronger, healthier, and more flexible. Every morning when you finish getting ready, you look at yourself in the mirror. And you say to yourself "I will get healthy! I will get stronger. I'll get more flexible."
Now imagine the same scenario playing out again. Wake up. Exercise. Meditate. Shower. Fresh fruit and high-protein yoghurt. But this time, when you look in the mirror, you say "I am so healthy. I am STRONG. I am flexible."
Feel the difference? Hear it? In the first scenario, health, fitness and flexibility exist only in the future, indicating that in this moment, we are none of those things. It's a far-off notion. A "one day" some day. It's an idea that doesn't yet exist in our current state.
However, if we state these goals in the present-tense, we're stating that we are ALREADY all of these things. We are accepting ourselves in this moment - not some future version of ourselves. I am strong. I am healthy. I am flexible. Not tomorrow, not next month, not after we change our bodies.
It's simple. An easy turn of phrase. A little swap. But it flips your energy inside out and completely changes how you see yourself in this present moment. And that's why Yogalastics are phrased the way they are!
Try it - I would love to hear how it works for you!